Tire Bite Golden Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mocktm
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've always had a love-hate relationship with Flying Dog Brewery. Love their advertising and art design, but I have been suckered into buying mediocre beer with clever marketing before. However, every once in a while, Flying Dog offers a kick ass beer to match their artistic creativity. Gonzo Imperial Porter and Raging Bitch immediately spring to mind as examples. Never had this one before, so let's get to it. 12 oz bottle out of Flying Dog's variety pack into pint.

Pours a bright golden hue with a moderate and fizzy white head. Mediocre retention and poor lacing, but I wasn't expecting much on that end. Looks refreshing enough, which is this style's main appeal.

Nose is pretty lackluster. Mild grain, a bit of buttery malt, light fruit and the faintest hop presence. Nothing worth getting worked up about, but at least it smells like something. I mean it's not like its BMC...

Tastes exactly as advertised. Grain, profoundly light citrus and a meager hop existence. Again, not inadequate, just not particularly exciting.

Mouthfeel is pretty light bodied with nice dry, crisp and refreshing qualities. A session beer for sure.

Overall, not blown away, but not disgusted either. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one again, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered either. Average beer... nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of kganti1
2.57/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks like your run of the mill domestic draft.

S - Smells like your run of the mill domestic draft, but some occasional grass and citrus. Very faint though.

T - Slightly better here, maybe because there is a little more alcohol?

M - Airy and light. Pretty good!

Definitely not a beer I would get again. I like Flying Dog beers, but not this one. Unfortunately, I think that the label was the best part about this beer.

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Photo of shanblur
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A - Nice golden color, with a quickly dissipating thin white head and minimal lacing

S - Sweet malt smell and some fruitiness with no hop aromas

T - Caramel malt flavor with some apple fruit and slightly tart on the finish

M - Smooth and easy drinking with a light body and medium carbonation

Not my favorite beer style, but I love trying different styles from different breweries. This is an easy drinking beer which is best suited to the warmer months.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear golden yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a little bit of a sweet apple juice flavour. It finishes with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – The beer is very drinkable but it really isn't anything exciting. It basically tastes like an slightly above average adjunct lager. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of gpogo
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear light yellow body with moderate sized white head that dissipates to a foam cap. Lots of carbonation action.

A- Light sweet malt smell, slightly fruity.

T- Light sweetness. Clean tasting.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation.

D- Not bad, tastes like an American light lager.

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Photo of Forb
3.11/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought with the notice that Flying Dog is leaving the state. Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Translucent golden-white with little head, retention, and lacing.

Smell: Very little notice of hops with a slight fruity hint.

Taste: Minor hop notes with sparse caramel malt addition.

Mouthfeel: Refreshingly crisp carbonation with a highly drinkable body.

Overall: Honestly, as bad as the reviews are for this beer it's really just a very simple take on the style but highly drinkable at that. Definitely a low grade for those seeking complexity and with it's simplicity I will not be purchasing again. Although I wouldn't mind finding it in a mixed pack like I just did. Try it for yourself!!!

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Photo of drowninginhops
2.17/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The color is that of most macro brews, thin straw in color. Rapidly dissipating head, no lacing. If I had been told it was Budweiser/Coors/Miller, I would believe it.

S: Grains, corn etc. Not intriguing.

T: See smell.

M: Bout the only good part of the beer. Moderate body, crisp, no carbonation.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a bubbly golden yellow with a fizzy white head on top. Some spotty lacing and little retention.

A few soft scents of floral hops with biscuity, buttery malts. Kind of like unsalted crackers with a hint of herbs.

Light floral hop note with a quick flash of butteryness. Biscuit malts are light with a bit of faint sweetness. Some notes of grass and citrus. Thin and watery profile, really not much flavor to be found. Finishes a bit dry and metallic.

Light body, high carbonation, thin and bubbly. I like Kolsch's but this was a complete miss for me, just not any pleasing flavor to speak of.

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Photo of argock
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass stange. No obvious freshness date. Single purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.89.

A: Very clear yellow with soft 1-finger of soft, frothy nearly white head with decent retention and a few wisps of lace.

S: Apple skins and cidery with a slight amount of herbal hops but very little

T: The flavor is not too great with astringent cidery apple flavors with no much discernible maltiness and even less hopping. The dryness of this beer is way above the mean.

M: Dry and astringent with a thin watery body. Bad combination no matter how you describe it.

O: Avoid like most of Flying Dog's beers -- except Raging Bitch and Gonzo Porter. Tire Bite is thin and unredeeming.

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Photo of Snow81
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow

Head: Frosty cream head

Smell: Skunk with some grassiness and a hint of sweet malt

Taste: Grass right up front that fallows a hint of spunkiness

Weight: Light body with low to medium carbonation

Finish: Sweet malts hint of grassiness
If you ask me for another I would say no thank you.

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Photo of bum732
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Doughy malt with stone fruits, apple mostly. Touch of spice, strong cider notes.

L: Clear golden yellow with a carbonated head that clears quickly. No retention or lacing whatsoever. Looks like cider.

T: Cider like malt with a sweet doughy taste. Prickly spicy bitterness leads to more soft fruity notes and cider. Finishes quite clean and semi-dry.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation.

Very cider like, shockingly cider like. Not bad, clean and refreshing....if you like cider.

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Photo of surprenant1138
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Medium hay color. Aroma is well, just slightly better than your super-beer-company light beer. I smell yeast, and staleness. Mouthfeel is light. I taste yeast, some light hops, and just pretty much a slightly better version of a Budweiser. Nothing else to report here.

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Photo of StaEva
4.27/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Pours an enticing golden autumn wheat color with a half-finger white head that dissipates by sip number 2 or 3.

Simple, honey-sweet maltiness and a sweet yeasty caramel exhale coupled with moderate carbonation, hop roundness on the sides and grassy/citrus hop aromatics make this beer extraordinarily flavorful and drinkable by the dozens.

I disagree with those saying this beer is bland and watery, I found very little of that here save a thirst quenching quality lacking in heavier styles.

Give it a try and decide for yourself.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle as part of a "Craft Your Own Six-Pack" at Wegmans in Warrington, PA.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a slightly opaque, almost neon orange color. The fizzy, white head dissipated rather quickly. Little to no lacing at all on the glass.

S - A slight citrus smell. Slightly metallic.

T - Not bad. A very carbonated, watery tasting consistency. Hints of lemon and a slight spicyness or earthy taste. Very light tasting. Very little hop taste. The alcohol wasn't even noticeable.

M - Very watery. Lots of tangy carbonation.

O - This is a very easy beer to drink. I had just came back from a 3 mile run and poured this out and drank it down very quickly. Even my fiance (who dislikes my usual beer menu) commented that she enjoyed this. A higher quality BMC-type tasting beer. It is what it is...a quaffable, session beer...no frills but a great thirst quencher.


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Photo of masstransplant
2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Light golden color, very thin head.
S - Mostly grass and citrus; some hops but very faint
T - Thin and watery. I was expecting a bit more character. Grassy at first with some hops; very bland finish
M- Crisp with good carbonation. Nice on a hot day
O- Unimpressive. Very close to an adjunct at micro prices. My first Flying Dog beer, and unless convinced otherwise by your ratings, maybe my last.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 4/7/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice slightly hazy golden color. It has a small 1-finger white head on it. The head has decent retention and leaves behind some lace.

S - It smells of nice sweet malts up front. There are also notes of honey, caramel, citrus, and some other fruits as well.

T - The taste is mostly of sweet malt. There are also flavors of light fruits, citrus, some hops, and some honey. This is nicely balanced, and the finish is clean.

M - This has a light to medium body and prickly carbonation. It has a nice smooth feel to it, and a clean finish. This is a very nice feel for a kolsch.

O - The drinkability here is good. This beer goes down easy and tastes great. I could easily drink a 6-pack of these. It is a very nice example of the style, probably the best of it that I've had so far. I suggest giving it a try.

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Photo of ciachef1212
1.53/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- Light gold color and had no head retention

Smell- Has very little malt and hop aromas, but has no complexity or really much going on.

Taste- Light, clean, and refreshing

Mouthfeel- Thin and very carbonated

Overall this is a very simple Kolsch and not something I would seek out again. I love almost everything from Flying Dog but this is not for me.

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Photo of GSmithBeer
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this in the bottle and poured it into a pint glass.
A: about the only thing good about it was the color.
S: smelled average not too much to write about here.
T: i wish i had picked up a different beer. not sure why they have this out on the market
M: average carbonation.
O: just an average kolsch. not much going on here.

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Photo of nickshep7
2.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on top at Peter's in Baltimore on Water Street. Golden yellow with an inch or so of head. Head faded quickly into thin layer of white lace. Minimal lacing. Smelled like a standard lager. Taste - similar to standard lager, but with even less bite. Overall, didn't care for it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Continuing my revisitation of the Flying Dog catalog with this bottle. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a bit more than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest and an extremely light whisking of wheat. The taste, simply put, is a harshly plastic version of the smell, as though the ingredients have become laminated or something. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad kolsch. 'Nuff said, trust me.

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Photo of claytong
2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The flavors are comparable with a Miller Lite. The lemon taste a little bit like urine. The grains seem like they are using cheap rice. And just overall not impressed. Flying Dog's sampler was not worth the money, I am at least glad I got it on sale. The In Heat Wheat and the Snake Dog IPA were decent but not enough that I'd be so likely to buy them again. And the rest were disappointing.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold straw. Pours about a finger of white head.

S - Mellow malt, touch of lemon.

T - Crisp. Touch of yeast into a soft malt. Some lemon zest.

M - Light body, well carbonated. Some residual malty sweetness in the finish.

D - Light and refreshing. The flavors are ok but not spectacular.

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Photo of BeerBoss
2.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank out of a room temp tankard.

Appearance: A nice golden/ amber color with a small white frothy head.

Smell: Not much of anything to take note of.

Taste: A bit bubbly on the tounge with distinct hoppy front notes and a slightly bitter finish.

Not much to comment about. An average beer at best.

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Photo of ImpairedPirate
2.76/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass Feb 2011.

Now, I'm no expert, but this offering from Flying Dog strikes me as just lackluster.

A - Butterscotch gold. I observe bubbles. Two fingers crisp white foam (almost looks like soap suds!). The head subsides and leaves no lacing.

S - I cannot smell anything interesting to write about.

T - This beer tastes straightforward-- a little yeast, biscuits, and butter (is that possible)?

M - Light 'n crisp.

D - Drinks like water.

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow/gold color with a 1-finger head that quickly dissipated. Moderate tiny bubbles can be seen. Grassy and fruity hop characters upfront. A bit floral with gape and lemon like fruity characters. Mild grain is noticeable underneath the fruity characters. Lots of grainy cracker like malt flavors. Lemon and grape like fruity flavors with a big dry and astringent finish. A bit of bitterness is there that balances out the beer well. Smooth and moderately crisp with very tight bubbles on the tongue. Around a medium body. I think it's a decent beer to toss back on a warm day. A drinkable beer if you don't have anything else around.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3 out of 5 based on 997 ratings.
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